Mr. Pop Culture Report – August 16… Gordon Gekko Diagnosed With Cancer… Dylan’s Art… China Passes…

A tumor in Michael Douglas’ throat has reportedly been discovered by doctors. The “Wall Street” actor, 65, will endure eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Douglas’ doctors expect him to have a full recovery, a spokesperson for the actor told the website. Douglas said in a statement, “I am very optimistic.” Gordon Gekko returns to the screen in late September and hopefully, we’ll have better health news.

Music news – American music legend Bob Dylan, who has turned to painting in his later years, will unveil a new set of works in Copenhagen next month, the National Gallery of Denmark announced Monday. Some 40 acrylic paintings and eight drawings from Dylan’s “Brazil Series” created especially for Denmark’s largest museum, also known as the Statens Museum for Kunst, will go on display from September 4 to January 30. “It was an honor to be asked and a thrilling challenge,” said the 68-year-old folk music icon better known for his songs such as “Mr Tambourine Man” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world’s second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday. The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most striking evidence yet that China’s ascendance is for real and that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.